• Family Fun Zone

Family Fun Zone

Think it, create it, craft it in our all-new interactive family zone! Spanning four city blocks surrounding M.L.K., Jr. Civic Center Park, the zone will be bursting with fun, enriching activities for families and children of all ages.

Tons of hands-on activities, authors presenting books written for younger readers, and a new storytelling and performance stage are the featured components of our expanded, interactive Family Fun Zone!

Free Fun at the ShowTime Stage!

Visit the ShowTime Stage for live music, dance, readings, and performances for the entire family. New this year ─ on Saturday, take part in a community hip hop party hosted by Oakland’s Grammy™ nominated Alphabet Rockers. On Sunday, catch author readings, book illustrators, and performances by renowned family-friendly comedians, jugglers, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre.

Scores of Hands-on Activities

Scores of Bay Area museums and organizations will bring a wide range of reading, STEM and STEAM activities such as writing, craft-making, DIY book-making, science projects, and more. Imagine building a robot or making a book as a family!

Featured Participants

  • 826 Valencia: Booklets for kids to write and draw stories through writing games, spinning wheel, and make your own bookmarks
  • Alphabet Rockers: Hip hop crafts ─ create your own bookmark, button making and “who do you stand for?” community board. Saturday, 4/28 only
  • Bay Area Children’s Theatre: Enjoy read-alouds and giveaways with the award-winning children’s theatre program. Sunday, 4/29 only
  • Bay Area Libraries: Live story times, craft projects
  • Booklandia: Curl up with Spanish-language and bilingual books for kids (also available for purchase)
  • Chabot Space & Science Center: Hands-on science and space exploration activities
  • East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse: Bookmaking and art fun with discarded and recycled materials
  • Habitot Children’s Museum: 20th Anniversary celebration with hands-on water play, arts & crafts, chalk stenciling, Monsterbot Maker and giant block building activities
  • Half Price Books: Find a treasure among thousands of titles at the annual free book give away sponsored by the nation’s largest family-owned retailer for new and used books
  • Hands-On Berkeley: Invent, create and discover through STEAM-centered arts & crafts
  • Hip Hop For Change: Graffiti art wall, DJ workshop, reading area with Hip Hop books
  • Lawrence Hall of Science: Build geodesic domes with dowels and planks
  • LEGOJeep: Kids love adding pieces to this ever-changing and fun artwork shaped by all who contribute. Sunday, 4/29 only
  • Peace Chain Joe: Make your own peace-word charm (keep it for free) and/or buy “peace” word charms in many languages of the world
  • Sticky Art Lab: Up-cycle art book making
  • Writopia Lab: Giant scrabble and writing activities, student-written books and themed wares for sale